Hundreds Attend Tour de North End

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Dozens of local bikers say they need us to be more aware of them when we're sharing the road.

More than 500 cyclists filled the streets for the third annual Tour de North End.

Each rider started at the Olympic Tavern and rode for nearly five hours stopping at eight other restaurants and stores on the city's north side. The cycling event raises awareness about bike safety and encourages drivers to share the road.

Those bikers now have a spot to fix their flats along the Sinnissippi Bike Path. Last year's Tour de North End raised enough money to pay for a repair station. It was just installed on the bike path behind the YMCA. This is the only one in Rockford and cyclists say it was badly needed.

"If you pop a tire or if you need to fix a tire or pump up a tire or fix your derailleurs there's an easy fixing station for you to use downtown with all theft resistant stuff on it," Zak Rotello, a Tour de North End organizer, said.

Rotello said he hopes they'll raise enough money this year to pay for one or two more repair stations.

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